Have you, or a loved one, suffered a broken or fractured bone a in an accident caused by the negligence of another in Maryland? Bone injuries are very serious and can lead to lifelong complications. Under Maryland personal injury law you may be entitled to benefits and compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, medical expenses as well as lost wages. It behooves you to consult with an experienced Towson personal injury lawyer.
If you have suffered a bone injuries due to the carelessness of another in Maryland you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation. At this point, it would make sense to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney serving the Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Essex, Glen Burnie and Towson, MD areas. Dial (410) 321-8860 for a free consultation.
How Bone Injuries Occur
Accidents such as auto accidents, animal attacks, slip and falls as well as workers’ compensation accidents can induce many types of injuries. A very common injury suffered in an accident is a fracture or a broken bone. Injuries involving any type of bone can be minor or very severe depending on what bone was broken, the type of break, the age and overall health of the victim.
Commonly Broken Bones
What bone is broken depends largely on they type of accident, force at impact and whether or not tried to brace themselves at time of accident. In many bone injury cases the broken bone was a function of bracing for the impact or trying to break your fall. Regardless, commonly broken bones are:
The ankle, also known as the talocrural joint, connects the 2 lower leg bones to the foot. The ankle bones are called tarsal bones and consist of the talus, calcaneus, navicular, cuboid and cuneiform bones. The ankle is also bound by several ligaments which offer support to various sides of the ankle. The ankle is a fragile bone complex and can easily sustain an injury in the event of an accident. If you have suffered an ankle fracture it is a wise move to seek legal advice from an experienced Baltimore County accident attorney.
Clavicle: The clavicle, or collarbone, is an ‘S’ shaped bone that stabilizes both the sternum (breastbone) and scapula (shoulder blade). The collarbone acts as a strut between these 2 bones and enables the arm to hang freely. Being a very small bone the it takes minimal amounts of force to fracture the clavicle in an accident such as an auto accident or a fall. If you have sustained a clavicle fracture in an accident please call a Towson, Maryland accident law office handling clavicle fracture claims.
Femur: The femur, also known as the thigh bone, is the longest and largest bone in the body. The femur inserts at the hip socket and extends down all the way to the knee. Due to the strength of the femur it takes a tremendous amount of force to fracture the femur. The amount of force needed to break the femur can be exerted in many types of accidents throughout Maryland. These accidents can be auto accidents, truck accidents and slip and fall accidents among others. If you have suffered a femur fracture due to the negligence of another in Maryland it makes sense for you to consult with an Annapolis accident attorney.
Humerus: The humerus, or upper arm bone, is a long bone in the arm and is surrounded by the biceps and triceps. The humerus runs from the shoulder to the elbow and connects the scapula and the two forearm bones (radius and ulna). The humerus is made up of three sections. The upper extremity consists of a rounded head, a narrow neck, and two short processes, it is also cylindrical at the upper end, and more prismatic at the lower end. If you have suffered a humerus break contact our Harford County accident lawyers.
Shoulder: The shoulder, being the most movable joint in the body is often susceptible to injuries when an accident occurs. The shoulder is also a rather unstable joint due to the varying degrees of range of motion allowed. In addition, the shoulder socket is smaller than the upper arm it holds. The shoulder region needs to be anchored by muscles and connective tissue to remain stable. Being in an accident involving trauma to the shoulder can compromise the overall stability of the shoulder girdle. A skilled and experienced Towson personal injury lawyer can help you if you have suffered an injury to the shoulder, shoulder girdle or shoulder region.
Sternum: The sternum, also known as the breastbone, is located in the center of the chest. The sternum, along with the clavicles and ribcage house and protect many vital internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Sternum fractures can be sustained in almost any type of accident that exerts excessive force, blunt force or pressure onto the chest cavity. If you or a loved one have suffered a sternum injury in an accident sue to another’s negligence it is important that you consult with a skilled Bel Air Maryland accident lawyer.
Wrist Breaks: The wrist is made up of several different bones and joints. The wrist connects the hand to the forearm. The bones making up the wrist include the distal ends of the radius and ulna, 8 carpal bones, and the proximal portions of the 5 metacarpal bones. Injuring your wrist in an accident can easily become a life altering event. Injuring your wrist can also be extremely painful and healing time can be very extensive. The wrist is very susceptible to injury due to its location on the body. If you fall you naturally try to break the fall with your hands and arms. Upon impact there is an extraordinary amount of force exerted onto the wrists. The wrists are also prone to injury due to repetitive stress trauma in the workplace. Examples include excessive typing or extensive use of pneumatic tools, drilling, jackhammering etc. Contact an Ellicott City accident lawyer if you have suffered a wrist fracture.
Types of Bone Injuries
Bone injuries more often than not involve the bone breaking or fracturing. There are different types of bone fractures such as:
Open Fracture: This involves the bone protruding through the skin and is a very severe bone injury.
Closed Fracture: This occurs when the bone breaks but the fractured bone remains underneath the skin.
Hairline Fracture: A fracture without separation of the bone fragments, a break with a very thin line.
What to do Following the Accident
Bone injuries can take several weeks, or many months, to recover from. Large bones such as the femur, or thigh bone, will take substantially longer to recover from than smaller bones such as a phalange, or finger/toe bone. Recuperating from a bone injury can strain your life on many levels such as physical, emotional, psychological and financial. The financial strain may come from mounting medical bills, therapy bills, surgical costs, medication costs and lost wages. Getting your life back on track following a bone injury can take its toll on you. Working with a Baltimore Maryland Bone Injury Attorney can help ensure that you get the full, fair and just compensation and benefits you are entitled to if your injury was due to someone else’s negligence.
Call A Baltimore Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Call Baltimore County Personal Injury Lawyer John Grason Turnbull if you have been injured due to the carelessness of another. He can be reached by dialing 410-321-8860. Mr. Turnbull offers free consultations for injury and accident victims and operates on a contingency fee basis. This means he charges no fee unless he recovers for you and your family.